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Project Info:

Level: Intermediate

Estimated time: Weekend Project

By Janice Parsons

Living in San Francisco is special in many ways, including the views and memories I have of the Golden Gate Bridge. The rolling fog, the grey, choppy water and that special burnt orange of the bridge have all been indelibly fixed in my mind. I hope I have captured the mood and spirit of this most iconic of cities in this 5 wrap design. Following fairly closely the design laid out in Color Study: Picasso Turquoise, this charcoal bracelet finds its own voice, as so often happens with beading. Each section has a map below to help guide you and a link to the corresponding PDF from the original Color Study: Picasso Turquoise Green. The techniques of macramé and laddering are covered in our video, Stackable Ladder Bracelet by Brittany Ketcham and we recommend you watch it if you are new to laddering.


Courtesan- Silver


$3.25 USD

Metallic Gray- 1.0mm Indian


$6.95 USD

Hematite- #1 Tuff Cord

Tuff Cord

$4.75 USD

Sable- Regular C-Lon

Regular C-Lon

$4.40 USD

8-4511- Picasso Smokey Black Matte 8/0

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$5.65 USD

8-2002- Matte Metallic Silver Gray 8/0

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$4.50 USD

8-2005- Matte Metallic Dark Raspberry Iris 8/0

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$9.35 USD

8/0 Metal Seed Beads - Matte Zinc Plate

Metal Beads

$9.45 USD

6-650- Dyed Grey S/L Alabaster 6/0

6/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$3.85 USD

TL2002- Matte Metallic Silver Grey


$5.25 USD

TL1865- Galvanized Grey Luster


$5.95 USD

Pony Express Beads- Antique Silver

Metal Beads

$7.95 USD

Beadalon Collapsible Eye Needles


$3.85 USD

Project Tray Inserts

Design Boards & Storage

$10.25 USD

GS Hypo Cement


$5.35 USD

Eurotool Ultra Flush Cutter


$37.95 USD

Old Fashioned Beeswax


$3.50 USD

Project Map

Color Study in Charcoal follows a similar path as Color Study: Picasso Turquoise Green. Always begin with the end bracelet measurement in mind, but as you work, you can shorten or extend any section you want. In Color Study: Charcoal, I decided to add more of Part One later on in the design. When I created the original Color Study in Picasso Turquoise Green, I regretted that I hadn’t repeated it again. So, in Charcoal, I shortened the Wheat Chain section (the last part), so I could add a smaller portion of Part One again in my design.
A wide range of grey beads were used to try and mimic the rolling bank of fog that comes in from the ocean almost every night to blanket the city. Most of San Francisco, including the Golden Gate Bridge, becomes lost in a sea of thick grey fog. I snuck in the matte metallic dark raspberry size 8/0 to mimic the towers of the bridge peeking through the fog.